The 13 best places to visit in Serbia

 

Built in 1968 in the middle of the Drina River on the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina is a house perched on a rock, known quite simply as the Drina River House. The story goes that a group of swimmers used the rock as a resting place in the summer. As time went by they wanted something more comfortable, as well as protection from the sun. From that idea a one room house was built, and now it's a tourist attraction in its own right. There is often some dispute as to whether its location is within Bosnia or Serbia. If you consider the river a natural border, draw a line in the centre of the river and the house falls on the Serbian side.

13. Drina River House

 

Built in 1973 in the south of Serbia, within the disputed territory and partially recognised state of Kosovo is the Miner's Monument, the most significant monument in Mitrovica. Two columns holding a mining cart represent the mining tradition of the city, and was dedicated to the miners who lost their lives during World War II.

12. The Miner's Monument

 

Constructed in the 14th century, directly east of the capital, Belgrade, on the Danube River that forms the natural border with Romania is the medieval Golubac Fortress. The ten towered fortress has had a turbulent history, being the site of many battles between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom Of Hungary, changing hands between the Turks, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Serbs and Austrians. Today it is a major tourist attractions thanks in part to its position as a major point of Danube boat tours.

11. Golubac Fortress

 

In the far south of the country, just north of the disputed territory and partially recognised state of Kosovo is the Đavolja Varoš, a peculiar set of rock formations known as the Devil's Town. Situated in the Radan Mountains, the site features 202 formations described as earth pyramids, created by strong erosion of the soil during intense volcanic activity. Reaching anywhere between 2 to 15 metres (7 to 50 ft) high these towers make for one of the most unusual land formations in the Balkans.

10. Đavolja Varoš

 

In the far north of the country, to the north west of the capital, Belgrade, is the city of Novi Sad, the second largest city of Serbia. During the 18th century it became an important trading centre as well as a major centre for Serbian culture, earning it the nickname of Serbian Athens. Devastated in the 1848 Revolution, most of the city was rebuilt and restored with much neo-Gothic architecture. One of the finest examples of this is the Name Of Mary Church, standing opposite the enormous city hall at the end of the main square, the church stands 72 metres (236 ft) high, from its viewing tower it offers visitors one of the best views over the main square and surrounding city.

9. Novi Sad

 

In the extreme south of the country, within the disputed territory and partially recognised state of Kosovo is the town of Prizren, nestled within the foothills of the Sar Mountains. This old fashioned town of cobbled streets is filled with small old houses, large mosques and churches along the banks of the Prizren Bistrica River. From its hilltop fortress it offers visitors one of the best panoramic views over the town and beyond.

8. Prizren

 

In the northern centre of the country is the capital and most populated city of Serbia, Belgrade, one of the oldest capitals of Europe and from 1918 until 2006 it was also the capital of Yugoslavia. Conquered by the Celts and the Romans, changing hands between the Byzantine Empire, Frankish Empire, Bulgarian Empire, The Kingdom Of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, its strategic location has seen it battled over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times. With a wealth of history and so much to see, Belgrade is a must for any European city getaway.

7. Belgrade

In the far south west of the country, covering an area of some 75 square kilometres (29 square miles) in the Stari Vlah Raska Highlands is the Uvac Special Nature Reserve, centred around the Uvac Valley. Surrounded by the Zlatar and Murtenica mountains, the single main attraction of the reserve is the meandering and picturesque Uvac River Canyon. The reserve was designated to protect the native griffon vulture, a large carnivorous bird with a wingspan that can reach up to 3 metres (10 ft) across. 

6. Uvac Special Nature Reserve

 

In the extreme west of the country, encompassing an area of some 300 square kilometres (120 square miles) along the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina is the picture perfect mountainous region known as Zlatibor. With long periods of sunshine in the summer it is a prime location for hikers and summer tourists, and with heavy snowfall in the winter it is a favourite among skiers. Its high mountains, sweeping hills, deep valleys and lush forests has made it a wonderful location for all seasons.

5. Zlatibor

 

In the extreme east of the country, running along the border with Romania is Djerdap National Park, a protected area that covers some 638 square kilometres (246 square miles). One of the countries most visited national parks, the main attraction has got to be the Djerdad Gorge where the river runs through the southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. The canyon cliffs can reach up to 300 metres (984 ft) over the river below. As well as the attractive natural surroundings, there is also the Lepenski Vir, an 8,000 year old archaeological site from Neolithic times. Other places worth visiting in the park are the ruins of the Golubac Fortress, and the Roman fortresses of Diana and Klodovo.

4. Djerdap National Park

 

In the extreme south of the country, at the southern end of the disputed territory and partially recognised state of Kosovo, forming the natural border with Macedonia is the Sar Mountains National Park, one of the most important and protected areas in the central Balkans. Covering an area of some 390 square kilometres (151 square miles) it is a terrain of extremely rugged peaks and stunning picturesque landscapes.

3. Šar Mountains National Park

In the south west of the country, in the vast rugged mountainous region that sits at the borders of Serbia, Montenegro and Albania is Prokletije National Park, the name given to the protected area that falls within Montenegro and Serbia's partially recognised Kosovo region, with Theth National Park and Valbone National Park making up the Albanian side. Translated as Cursed Mountains, located within a vast area of the Albania Alps it is one of the finest natural and untouched regions in all of Europe. A place of deep valleys, glaciers, forests, lakes and mountains, it includes the Deravica Mountain, standing 2,656 metres (8,714 ft) above sea level it is the second highest peak in the range and the highest mountain in Serbia.

2. Prokletije National Park

 

In the extreme west of the country, straddling the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina is the beautiful Tara National Park, covering an area of some 250 square kilometres (96 square miles) it encompasses lush forests, deep picturesque gorges and mountain peaks of the Dinaric Alps. One of the parks most stand out sights is the Drina Gorge, its steep walls measuring 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) above the river below. One of the best hikes in the park is the Banjska Stena, a 6 kilometre (3.7 mile) trek that takes visitors up a lookout point giving spectacular views over Lake Perucac.

Pictured is the viewpoint over Lake Perucac.

1. Tara National Park

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